The Conway Police Department and Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office will now be able to purchase some much-needed items thanks to a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

CPD and FCSO will share $27,699, which is part of the $1.4 million agencies across the state were given through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.

According to Conway Police Department Public Information Chris Harris, CPD will use their share of the funds to purchase surveillance camera equipment and two camera systems.

Major Andy Shock of the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office said the department would be getting transponders to help track stolen items. Shock said the equipment could be installed on almost anything, and if the item is stolen, officers will be alerted and able to track its movement.

"We’ve been needing these for a while," Shock said. "Hopefully, we’ll be able to buy two. They’re abut $7,000 a piece."

The funds will not be available for use until early October. Shock said the money will be deposited into a FCSO account and then shared with Conway police.

In all, 35 law enforcement agencies in 19 counties across Arkansas will receive a share of the $1.4 million in grant funds.

According to the Office of Justice Programs Web site, the JAG program is the leading source of federal funding to state and local agencies. The program supports a range of areas including law enforcement, prosecution and court, prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, and technology improvement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.

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